Also check out this recent SlideShare presentation on social media resourcing
Fortunately, Google has made this task a little more fun with the release of Google Chrome 9, an apparently faster version of the world’s fastest web browser.
Despite occasional bugs and niggles, Chrome continues to grow in popularity, passing the 10% market share barrier for the first time last week.
So, here’s a bunch of extensions and apps I’ve set up that you might find handy too.
50 useful Google Chrome Extensions and Web Apps
Google Analytics fiends will love this! Once you’ve installed this extension, you can access your analytics with the click of one button in your toolbar…and better still, your daily visits are on display in a mini-box on the toolbar. Drool!
Tags: Analytics, traffic, stats
Alexa.com provides traffic rank and site information for almost any site in the world and this extension brings Alexa’s data to Google search results and to your toolbar, telling you how popular a site is.
Tags: Analytics, traffic, stats
Diigo.com is one of the most robust bookmarking sites out there and this extension allows you to save pages at the click of one button located within your toolbar.
Tags: Bookmarking. productivity
Highlight the text you’re interested in and click on the ‘W’ button in your toolbar. You’ll then get your character and word counts. Handy.
Tags: Content, productivity
An easy way of selecting the part of a web page you’re interested in and adding shapes / texts to illustrate your point.
Quick Markup is a similar tool that is worth considering too (although neither is perfect).
Tags: Utilities, tools
This is a live spell checker that automatically activates when you create content online.
Tags: Content, utilities
7. Hover Zoom (see right)
This is pretty awesome. Let’s say you are checking out someone else’s Twitter profile and can’t make out that person’s face because the pic is so tiny. Hover Zoom will magnify the photo when you hover over it, giving you that person in all of their glory.
Tags: Images, utilities
Back links are an important measure of a site’s popularity and this extension gives you a list of all the links related to the page you’re interested in.
Tags: Analytics, SEO
Tags: Twitter, utilities
Quora isn’t big enough to be integrated into TweetDeck (yet…perhaps), but having quick access to it via your Chrome toolbar is pretty useful.
Tags: Platforms, networks
Other extensions worth checking out:
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This is probably my favourite of the lot. When you are searching on Google images and find an image you want / like, this automatically takes you to the full-size version of the image. See, very cool!
Tags: Images, productivity
Web apps are a new concept from Google, and look set to become a major focus over the next couple of years.
Some good ones include:
21. Quick Note – a virtual notebook.
22. Online charts – helpful in the production of infographics.
23. Anonymous Email – you never know when you might need to use this!
24. TechCrunch slides – a nifty way of consuming the latest news from Tech Crunch.
25. Simple ToDo – a basic online ‘to do’ list.
Disappointingly, many of the other extensions / apps in the web store are quite ‘buggy’ or are a little pointless.
But, considering Chrome is still in its infancy, there’s enough to suggest some more good stuff will be on the way soon.
Have you got any favourites?